In two stores in a neighborhood of Arreife, Altavista to be precise, there is one of the most interesting collections of boats and sailors that exists representing the authentic legacy of the island’s fishing and marine history. It is a formidable work with over twenty-five years of collecting done by Ángel Díaz (better known as Angelito el Fino). He has spent more than half of his life collecting elements linked to the culture and fishing tradition of the port of Naos in Arrecife which believe it or not was at one time, one of the most important fishing ports in the world.
Sadly Angel has now passed away and in his memory his children have set up the Social cultural Association to recover the fishing history of Lanzarote as a legacy and to make sure that this important part of Lanzarote life is not forgotten. This impressive collection has an abundance of authentic relics and treasures linked to the world of seamanship. There are more than a thousand photographs of ships which have passed through the port of Naos. Most of the photographs have corresponding documentation, technical characteristics and lists of crew members dating back to 1865 and the first years of 1900.
The collection is of unquestionable historical value and also includes license plates of sailors as far back as 1872 and navigation charts, files of sailors of the Navy and other hundreds of documents that are still pending to be cataloged. Also there are hundreds of old pieces of boats, navigation instruments, radios, fishing gear, lanterns, wide, and many other curiosities. Ángel’s son said of his father where some people only saw junk, my father saw the history of Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is a Catholic island and to mark the the beginning of the Holy week hundreds of parishioners accompanied the statue of Jesus through the streets of the capital
for the procession of the Señor de la Burrita. At 10.30 am on Palm Sunday the church of San Ginés in Arrecife was crowded by the parishioners as the Holy Mass began with a programme of songs for the celebration directed by Professor Carmen Dolores Rodríguez. This was a very special celebration which centered on the reading of the Lord’s Passion.
When the mass was over image of the Lord of the Burrita made its exit to the Plaza de Las Palmas in front of the church where all those present carried olive branches which were blessed by the parish priest. The procession then made its way through the streets of the city followed by the parishioners who sang the songs of celebration throughout its journey.
The capital of Lanzarote is an interesting place to look around if you have exhausted all the other attractions on the island. You could buy an Arrecife Experience ticket which will take you on a train tour and visit to the Castillo de San Jose which is a historic fortress which has been transformed into an International Contemporary art museum. A complementary tapa and drink is included in the price of the ticket. The train passes by the main monuments 24 hours a day and you can hop on and off as you make your way around the city. For more information or to book, please click here
Its here! One of the biggest fiestas in Lanzarote of the year is Carnival. Starting in Arrecife capital from the 22nd February to the 9th of March and celebrated in villages and resorts all over the island for the weeks leading up to Easter.
This year the theme for Arrecife Carnival will be dedicated to the creative universe of César Manrique to celebrate the first centenary of his birth.
As a further tribute the council have agreed to designate some of the works of César related to the Carnival so that they can be used for advertising posters and general displays around the festivities. There is normally a competition to create the Carnival poster which this year will not take place.
The first phase of the traditional contests will include of adult murgas for the first week and the procession and Burial of the Sardine will take place on March 6th. The Carnival will travel around the island in the begining of March to San Bartolomé, Playa Honda, Tías and Puerto del Carmen leaving for the rest of March for Teguise, La Griosa, Tinajo, Haría and Yaiza.
This week also marks the 26th anniversary of the artist’s loss. He died on September 25, 1992, in Tahíche. The staff of the Centers will make a tribute in the cemetery of Haría.
On the last official count which was at the end of 2018, there were more than 129,200 vehicles on the island. Arrecife is the municipality with the highest concentration of vehicles, with a notable difference. Breakdown by municipalities shows that the growth is constant all over the island of just over 45,300 officially registered.
Tías is listed second reference with about 22,800 units, then Teguise with 20,100 units leaving San Bartolomé in intermediate position with 19,100 vehicles. Yaiza, meanwhile, ended last year with a fleet of more than 11,800 cars and Haría at the bottom with an official automobile record of almost 4,500 vehicles.
Overall the numbers are concentrated around cars. In a recount made by the councils data center, it also states that there are more than 30,700 vans, 340 coaches and 7,200 motocycles.
The Port Authority of Las Palmas approved in the board of directors the agreement for the construction of a marine park in Naos, in Arrecife, near the monument that honors the victims of the fishing boat Cruz del Mar.
The initiative is expected to require an investment of more than 3.17 million euros, said the president of the Cabildo, Pedro San Ginés, present in the board of directors. Part will be executed this year, leaving the auction for 2020, provided there are no complications in the process of land transfer by the Port Authority.
Electric rental scooters have appeared on the streets of Arrecife capital. They have been put on the streets by a German companyy called Wind. Unfortunateley the local police will start to remove them because the company does not have an activity license or permission to occupy the public road. Its a great idea for people to get around the city but unfortunatley this company has not gone through the proper chanels to provide this service.It was previously tested in Barcelona and Madrid but again the city councils ordered the withdrawal in both cities just a few hours after their installation for not complying with their respective ordinances. Specifically, in the case of the city of Barcelona, because rental scooters are only allowed accompanied by a guide and in the case of Madrid, customers were not specified areas where they could start or end their trip and the ordinance prohibits its use in certain spaces.
A new exhibition takes a tour through many of the carnival manifestations including a tour of the Carnival of Arrecife in the early twentieth century
The former seat of the town council of Lanzarote, now known as Casa Amarilla, hosts the exhibition ‘Buches & Diabletes – The Traditional Carnival’, which opened on Tuesday afternoon.
The inauguration started at 7:00 p.m. with the words of welcome from the exhibition coordinator, Miguel Ángel Martín Rosa, who thanked the work carried out by a whole team of professionals who gave their all to achieve the projected objective.
If your at a loose end during your stay and are looking for something to do that is not going to cost a lot, why not take a bus into the capital Arrecife and jump on the hop on and off train that circuits the city. For just 4€ you can take a look at the points of interest. There are 2 lines to choose from
The Red Line starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at Calle Real, El Almacen, Playa El Reducto, Intercambiador Guaguas / Cabildo, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), Marina Lanzarote and finishing at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art).
The Blue Line Starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art), Estacion de Guaguas, Teatro Insular, Intercambiador Guaguas, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), finishing at Marina Lanzarote.
For anyone on holiday in Lanzarote at the moment this is a fantastic evening event not to be missed.
The Lanzarote Big Band are on at the Gran Hotel Pool Bar in Arrecife tonight at 22.00. The 15 piece orchestra are complemented by the wonderful voice of Colin Farrell and they put on a great show of swing, big band songs and also some new modern numbers.
Thoroughly recommended. Tickets can be bought at the entrance for 8 euros.
For those not lucky enough to be on the island this week, the Lanzarote Big Band can be seen at this venue on the last Saturday of every month.